salute the troops, there was no shout out to the troops and he did not mention the war in afghanistan at all. and people are saying whoa, whoa, what were you thinking, mitt? right? >> yeah, i think he recognizing his strength is on the economy. he's right about that as far as that's the issue that he's running on. but at the same time, it was fairly shocking to people and i think rightly so, you have to present yourself this i'm a potential commander in chief. i understand the full plate of issues in front of me. and so it was an unforced error. and i think that's a lot -- what a lot of this kind of desperation on the defense cut side is, which is really a bipartisan thing. it was obama and the g.o.p. leadership. like it or hate it, it was everybody because they finally cut a deal. >> bill: think progress, we're talking about some of the important issues that they're covering today here, tuesday september 11th coming to you live from our nation's capital. it is thinkprogress.org.